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Social Security Hearings and The Exhibit List

By the time you arrive at your Social Security hearing there has been considerable amount of behind-the-scenes development of your case and your file in particular. Along the way, all the major documents that are important to your case will come to comprise what is known as your hearing file. Your Social Security file contains [...]

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Not Being Prepared For Your Social Security Disability or SSI Hearing is a Mistake

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It is taking most people nearly a year, or even over a year to get their Social Security Disability or SSI hearing.  It is a real shame that some people, even with all that time to prepare, show up unprepared for the hearing. Social Security hearings are conducted by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).  The ALJ [...]

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Are Social Security Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) Fair?

Are ALJs Pressured Into Quotas or Other Non Claimant Friendly Goals? Approximately 64 percent of applicants for disability benefits have their initial application denied. To pursue their claim, applicants who have been denied must present their case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at a disability hearing. As of October 2009, 722,822 people in the [...]

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Preparing for your Social Security Disability Hearing

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A Social Security disability hearing can be an intimidating process if you are not familiar with Social Security’s rules and regulations.  If your case gets to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), it is best for you to hire an attorney well versed in hearing procedures to represent you in your claim. Aside [...]

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What to Do if You are Not Satisfied with your Current Disability Representation

The key to any working relationship is communication.  If you are not satisfied with your disability attorney it is best to tell them your concerns before hiring someone else to represent you.  Your attorney might be able to fix the problem.  They might also be able to explain why they handled your case as they [...]

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Questions Asked During a Disability Hearing

In a typical disability hearing the judge and your attorney will take your testimony.  The questions they will ask fall into four broad categories: 1) background information, 2) work history, 3) medical conditions and symptoms, and 4) activities of daily living. Background questions provide the judge general information about you.  This includes items such as [...]

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You had a Good Social Security Disability Hearing if…

Obviously a good hearing is one where the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) says he or she will award your case.  Unfortunately only a minority of judges will announce their intentions openly.  Some do go a step further and award your case with a “bench decision”.  A bench decision occurs when the ALJ states the decision [...]

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Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Frye Discusses Problems with Disability Program

“Don’t blame the judges!”  This is the message from ALJ Frye, the president of the powerful Social Security judge union.  The judge’s are under pressure by recent press stories that make it sound like there is a big spike in claimants being awarded disability benefits.  As you can see by Frye’s comments to congress the [...]

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